Duran Duran Announce Title and Release Date of Upcoming New Album – Tour Info – Las Vegas Life Is Beautiful Festival September 26th

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DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PAPER GODS

DUE SEPTEMBER 18TH IN THE U.S. FROM WARNER BROS. RECORDS AND SEPTEMBER 11TH IN ALL OTHER TERRITORIES

FIRST SINGLE IS “PRESSURE OFF,” FEATURING JANELLE MONÁE

MULTI-PLATINUM BAND ANNOUNCE U.S. AND U.K. 2015 TOUR DATES

 

Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran will release their 14th studio album, Paper Gods in the U.S. on September 18th and in the rest of the world on September 11th through Warner Bros. Records. Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor recorded the album in London with producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair,and Mr Hudson. The record features special guests Janelle Monáe (on the first single “Pressure Off”), former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Canadian Juno-Award winning singer Kiesza, British singer/songwriter Mr Hudson, violinist Davidé Rossi and actress Lindsay Lohan. The album was mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. Paper Gods will be available for pre-order and “Pressure Off” will be available for purchase at all participating digital retailers and DuranDuran.com this week.

 

The songs on Paper Gods capture the duality and sense of conflict at the heart of Duran Duran’s music. “It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,” John says. “That’s something that’s essential to all of us,” Nick adds. “It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits – and your own – with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn’t all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life.”

 

Early sessions for Paper Gods began in 2013, with Mark Ronson and engineer Josh Blair once again joining the band in their south London recording studio, as they had for 2011’s All You Need is Now, which was produced by Ronson. When Ronson was called away to begin working on his own album, Duran Duran and Blair hooked up with the Kanye West/Jay-Z collaborator Ben “Mr” Hudson, and the sessions caught fire.  In the summer of 2014, Ronson returned once more to the project, adding long-time Duran collaborator, Nile Rodgers to the mix for two of the album’s standout tracks.  The remaining songs were co-produced by Josh Blair and the band.

 

“We found a whole new level of inspiration on this album,” says Rhodes. “We’ve allowed ourselves the time to make music that we can be proud of,” adds Le Bon. “I judge what we release by my favourite albums – Horses, Harvest, Let It Bleed, Blue, Transformer, Aladdin Sane. Those are classic albums. The only rule is it’s got to be music you can live with for the rest of your life.”

 

CHIC co-founder Nile Rodgers and Mark Ronson co-wrote, and produced the tracks “Pressure Off” and Only in Dreams.”  Rodgers also features on the first single from what will be the band’s 14th studio release.  The former harks back to the taut funk of Duran Duran’s 1986 album Notorious, which was also co-produced by Rodgers. “Notorious was a strong touchstone for the band,” says Roger Taylor. All You Need is Now definitely reflected our earlier albums, but our starting point here was Notorious. We’re fortunate to be able to be inspired by our own back catalogue – not many bands can say that.”

 

In a collaboration overseen by China Chow, the band worked closely with Los Angeles-based artist Alex Israel, who created the album’s cover art. It features a collage of images that reference the visual history of Duran Duran, each placed like a sticker on a reproduction of Israel’s “Sky Backdrop” painting.  The logo and graphic design are by Brian Roettinger.

 

Alongside news of the new album, Duran Duran have also announced that they will perform a series of summer festivals, as well as several shows in the U.S. in September and October, followed by a UK arena tour that kicks off in late November. Fan Community members (www.duranduranmusic.com) will have access to pre-sale tickets and VIP packages.  Following the Duran Duran VIP member presale, in the UK, American Express Card Members will have the ability to purchase tickets before the general public on-sale. (See below for full details and dates).

 

Formed in Birmingham, England, in 1978, Duran Duran is one of the most culturally influential and commercially successful bands of all time, topping the charts around the world over the past three decades and selling more than 100 million records worldwide. The band has been honored with multiple Grammy, BRIT, Ivor Novello, and MTV Video Music Lifetime Achievement Awards, as well as a 20th Century Style Icon award from the City of Milan. In July, they will receive the Spotify UK Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 40th Anniversary O2 Silver Clef Awards. Tireless innovators, they are always at the vanguard of music, fashion, art, technology and film – a group with unique and everlasting appeal. 

 

           Photo Credit: Stephanie Pistel 

 

Duran Duran’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

 

06/20  Barcelona, Spain                 Sonar by Night Festival

06/27  The Hague, Netherlands     Night At The Park

06/28  Kerry, Ireland                       Killarney Festival

 

08/05  Riverhead, NY                    FOLD Festival (Freak Out!  Let’s Dance

Festival – Martha Clara Vineyards)

08/06  Bethlehem, PA                   Musikfest – ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

 

09/01  Ibiza                                   Heart at the Ibiza Gran Hotel

09/05  Gibraltar                             Gibraltar Music Festival @ Victoria Stadium

09/11  Isle of Wight, UK                Bestival @ Robin Hill Park

 

US Tour:

 

09/20  Morrison, CO                      Red Rocks Amphitheatre

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

09/23  Puyallup, WA                      Washington State Fair

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers

09/25  Reno, NV                            Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

w/ Clean Bandit

09/26  Las Vegas, NV                    Life is Beautiful Festival

09/27  San Diego, CA                    Cal Coast Union Open Air Theatre

w/ Clean Bandit

10/01  Los Angeles, CA                 Hollywood Bowl

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

10/02  San Francisco, CA              The Greek Theatre, Berkeley

w/ CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers & Clean Bandit

10/03  Rancho Mirage, CA             The Show – Agua Caliente Casino                      

w/ Clean Bandit

 

UK Tour: **

 

11/27  Manchester, UK                   Manchester Arena

11/28  Leeds, UK                            First Direct Arena

11/30  Cardiff, UK                           Motorpoint Arena

12/02  Brighton, UK                        Brighton Centre

12/04  Birmingham, UK                  Genting Arena

12/05  Newcastle, UK                     Metro Radio Arena

12/06  Glasgow, Scotland              The SSE Hydro

12/08  London, UK                         The O2

12/09  Bournemouth, UK                Bournemouth International Centre

12/11  Nottingham, UK                   Capital FM Arena

12/12  Liverpool, UK                       Echo Arena

 

 

** In the UK, thanks to American Express Invites®, all American Express Card Members get exclusive priority booking for tickets before the general public. American Express Invites priority booking starts 9am 16 June 2015 and ends 9am 19 June 2015. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.co.uk/amex.

 

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Internet Sensation and Comedian Anjelah Johnson to Perform at The Orleans Showroom November 21-22

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Internet Sensation and Comedian Anjelah Johnson to Perform at The Orleans Showroom November 21-22

 

Known best for her work on MADtv, comedian Anjelah Johnson returns to the Orleans Showroom November 21 and 22.

A video of Johnson’s bit “Nail Salon” skyrocketed her into online stardom around the same time she earned a recurring role on the sketch comedy series MADtv in 2007 and 2008. Her infamous MADtv character Bon Qui Qui, a disgruntled fast food employee with no filter, has been watched by more than 55 million YouTube viewers.

In 2009, Johnson recorded her first one-hour special for Comedy Central and Warner Brothers Records titled “That’s How We Do It.” Her second one-hour special, “The Homecoming Show,” aired on NUVOtv in July 2013 and is currently available on DVD.

As an actress, Johnson has starred in and lent her voice to numerous films including “The Box,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “Marmaduke” and “Our Family Wedding.” On TV, Johnson has guest starred on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “On the Up” and “Ugly Betty.”

Johnson began her career as a professional cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders. As an Oakland Raiderette, she was named Rookie of the Year in 2002 and performed in Super Bowl XXXVII. She credits cheering on the Raiders for helping her make the transition to stand-up comedy.

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $29.95 plus tax and fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075 or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

ANJELAH JOHNSON

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